Egyptian rights activists yesterday accused guards at a Cairo prison of torturing an inmate to death in a case which they said shows continued rampant human rights abuse by security forces despite the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Popular anger over the use of torture was a key grievance behind the mass uprising that toppled Mubarak in February. Activists see the death of Essam Atta, 23, at a Cairo hospital late Thursday as an indication that Egypt’s new rulers have made little effort to reform the security forces.
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